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1 March 2010 New Loam-Swimming Skink, Genus Brachymeles (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from Luzon and Catanduanes Islands, Philippines
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We describe a new species of scincid lizard of the genus Brachymeles from the Luzon Faunal Region of the northern Philippines. We discovered the new species in the Camarines Norte Province of the Bicol Peninsula (Luzon Island) and Catanduanes Island. Until recently, the new species had been mistaken as Brachymeles talinis, a distantly allopatric yet morphologically similar, large-bodied congener from the central Philippines. The new species is the second-largest known species of Brachymeles and differs from its congeners by numerous external morphological features. It is the eighth known Brachymeles from the Luzon Faunal Region and the sixth pentadactyl species in the genus.

Cameron D. Siler, Arvin C. Diesmos, and Rafe M. Brown "New Loam-Swimming Skink, Genus Brachymeles (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from Luzon and Catanduanes Islands, Philippines," Journal of Herpetology 44(1), 49-60, (1 March 2010). https://doi.org/10.1670/08-318.1
Accepted: 1 April 2009; Published: 1 March 2010
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